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“I think we’ll get to a point where malaria is eradicated.” The @WHO's Dr. Mary Hamel says the malaria vaccine is the first step in ridding the world of a disease that kills tens of thousands a year, the majority of them children. Today on @C4TheFourcast: plnk.to/TheFourcast
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Mr Johnson mentioned “50,000 more nurses”. As we’ve reported, this includes retaining nurses who would have been expected to leave the NHS. According to Conservative sources ahead of the last election, the number of nurses actually being hired is 31,500. channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Mr Johnson talked of “48 new hospitals”. @FactCheck has reported before that 18 of the projects will simply rebuild existing facilities. A further 4 will see replacement hospitals built on the same site. channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Mr Johnson said: “We’re going to use Brexit freedoms to do things differently…we’re doing at least eight freeports”. As we’ve reported before, the UK had freeports while in the EU. channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Mr Johnson mentioned “The extra £14bn we’re putting into education”, apparently referring to schools. The head of the IFS once described this figure as “somewhere between meaningless and misleading”. It combines 3 years of budget increases (not helpful) and ignores inflation.
Boris Johnson gave his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference this week. Let's put it to the @FactCheck test.
What has 18 months of living through Covid taught us, and what did we get wrong? In his last appearance on the podcast, @FactCheck guru @paddyworrall cuts through the noise of Covid misinformation. Listen and subscribe: plnk.to/TheFourcast
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Keir Starmer said “Britain has the worst [Covid-19] death toll in Europe.” @FactCheck takes a look: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Keir Starmer says "Britain has the worst [Covid] death toll in Europe". But he hasn't accounted for population size. My @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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Labour's shadow chancellor said yesterday: "Keir [Starmer] and I have both been very clear...that we have no plans whatsoever to raise income tax." @FactCheck takes a look: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Labour's Rachel Reeves said yesterday: "Keir and I have both been very clear...that we have no plans whatsoever to raise income tax". @FactCheck takes a look: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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Keir Starmer says there has been a 90 per cent increase in police-recorded domestic abuse since 2015. @FactCheck takes a look: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Keir Starmer says there's been a 90% increase in police recorded domestic abuse since 2015. But police records are not a reliable way to measure this kind of trend. My latest @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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With a variety of recommendations and assessments on the Pfizer vaccine, it can all be a bit confusing. On today's @C4TheFourcast, @FactCheck's @lee_georgina, talks us through everything there is to know about the safety of the Pfizer jab. plnk.to/TheFourcast
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Here’s what we know about the balance of risks and benefits from the Pfizer jab — for kids and adults. I’ve been chatting to @kirancmoodley on this week’s @C4TheFourcast twitter.com/Channel4News/s…
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Dominic Raab said workers are £4,000 a year better off under the Conservatives. @FactCheck looks at the figures: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Dominic Raab said workers are £4,000 a year better off under the Conservatives. My latest @FactCheck looks at the figures: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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Boris Johnson says nurses in England have had a 3 per cent pay rise - but that (and some of his other claims) need the @FactCheck treatment.
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How do the risks of Covid compare to the possible side effects of the vaccine for kids? What happens if parents and children disagree? I've been looking at these questions and more in my latest @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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What if kids want the jab but their parents disagree? What if one parent wants them vaccinated but the other doesn't? Read my latest @FactCheck: twitter.com/Channel4News/s…
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Kids aged 12 to 15 are going to be offered a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. @FactCheck explains why a legal case from the 1980s will help determine what happens when a child wants the jab but their parent disagrees.
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The death of a woman in New Zealand was "probably" due to the Pfizer vaccination, health authorities there say. But the best evidence is clear: getting vaccinated is much safer than catching Covid. My latest @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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The Israel study also found that Covid-19 significantly increases the risk of other serious complications, including kidney injury, deep-vein thrombosis, and brain haemorrhage. The researchers found no link between these conditions and the Pfizer jab.
A UK study looked at another condition, estimating 143 extra cases of stroke per 10 million Pfizer recipients. But again, Covid is much more dangerous, with 1,699 extra cases of stroke per 10 million people infected.
The New Zealand woman died of heart inflammation. We don’t know if it was caused by the jab. A large study in Israel found 2.7 extra cases of the condition per 100,000 Pfizer recipients. But Covid is much riskier: there were 11 extra cases per 100,000 people with the virus.
The death of a woman in New Zealand was "probably" due to an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer Covid vaccine, authorities there said this week. But the best evidence shows that vaccination is much safer than catching coronavirus. @FactCheck thread:
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the UK’s evacuation of 17,000 people from Afghanistan is unprecedented. But it’s not.
Boris Johnson said yesterday that the government increased the National Living Wage 'last time by a record amount'. @FactCheck takes a look: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Boris Johnson said the government increased the National Living Wage 'last time by a record amount'. But the most recent rise was the lowest since the policy was introduced. My latest @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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Dominic Raab said yesterday that 'no country has done better' than the UK in the evacuation from Afghanistan. But it's not clear what he's based this on. Read the latest from @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Dominic Raab said yesterday that 'no country has done better' in getting people out of Afghanistan. But it's not clear what this is based on. My latest @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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Does the UK government know how many Brits, Afghan allies and other eligible at-risk people are still waiting to be evacuated from Afghanistan? Neither the Foreign Office nor the Ministry of Defence gave us an answer. Read the latest from @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
NEW: Does the government know how many Brits, Afghan allies and other eligible at-risk people are still waiting to be evacuated? My latest @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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The 20-year conflict in Afghanistan has killed 457 UK service personnel. Calculating the economic cost is harder. Some independent analysts think the official estimates are much too low. Read the full @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
At the start of the pandemic, scientists speculated that 70% might need to be immune to Covid to hit "herd immunity", the point where so many are immune, the virus goes into decline. This hasn’t happened. Why? @FactCheck explains. plnk.to/TheFourcast
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The business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng seems to have contradicted his own press release. My latest @FactCheck analysis: twitter.com/FactCheck/stat…
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So what’s the real figure for new jobs? Read the full @FactCheck analysis here: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng clashed with BBC journalist Martha Kearney over how many jobs will be created in Humberside through investment in wind power. Mr Kwarteng seems to have contradicted his own press release.
Nicola Sturgeon's claim about savings from the Scottish government's new childcare policy needs context. Read the latest from @FactCheck: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
Nicola Sturgeon's claim about savings from her government's new childcare policy is missing some important context. Read my latest @FactCheck analysis: channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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New on @FactCheck: why are we vaccinating 16 and 17-year-olds against Covid-19? channel4.com/news/factcheck…
The number of daily coronavirus vaccinations has fallen recently, with some of the lowest numbers of daily jabs occurring this month. What is going on? @FactCheck channel4.com/news/factcheck…
After my @FactCheck article challenged Nadhim Zahawi's claim that Covid is the most infectious respiratory disease ever, the Department of Health got in touch to say that the vaccines minister has corrected Hansard. He wrote that 'an error has been identified in my response'. twitter.com/FactCheck/stat…
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Mr Zahawi also made a near-identical claim in the House of Commons. But after we published our story, the Department of Health got in touch to say that the minister has corrected the parliamentary record. Here’s what it now says:
On Monday, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told the BBC that Covid ‘is the most infectious respiratory disease, that is aerosol transmitted, that man has ever had to deal with’. But as @FactCheck reported, that’s not the case. Now there’s an update… channel4.com/news/factcheck…
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